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The Great Rebellion: Mexico, 1905-1924
The Great Rebellion: Mexico, 1905-1924
By Rómon Eduardo Ruíz
Norton, 1980, 530 pp.

Contrary to the traditional interpreters, the author sees the Mexican Revolution as the last of the nineteenth-century bourgeois revolts, and not as the advance wave of the twentieth-century socialist revolutions. Its links are to 1789, not 1917 or 1959. The reasons include the nature of the Mexican class system, with a strong upper class and the absence of serious pressures from below establishing a limiting framework.